Kevin Drum has a piece on Jeb Bush’s dirty money-making activities, including working for a company that profited from Obamacare:
I can’t help but get a chuckle out of this. In normal times, Bush would have left Tenet because it’s a big, soulless corporation that’s paid fines for Medicare fraud and been criticized for dodgy tax practices at the same time it was beefing up executive pay. A man of the people who aspires to the Oval Office can’t afford to be associated with this kind of dirty money.
But no. At least if Politico is to be believed, this isn’t really an issue in the GOP primary. What is an issue is that Tenet might have profited from Obamacare, which in turn means that Jeb may have profited from Obamacare. Even if it’s a double bank shot, that’s dirty money in tea party land.
Kevin’s right that more will be made of the Obamacare connection than Jeb’s other money making schemes, but I’m skeptical about that swaying Republican primary voters. The true believers all hated Romney, for good reason: he had a squishy relationship with abortion, he was responsible for a version of Obamacare in Massachusetts, he was a Mormon, etc. Yet he won the nomination. Bush has a lot of the same negatives as Romney, plus he carries a name that will give Democrats a chance to run against his still-unpopular brother. Still, like Romney, he’s the candidate of the GOP monied elite. That makes him the prohibitive front-runner, no matter how much Obamacare cash has fallen into his pockets. That’s how the Republican Party worked before the advent of the noble Tea Party, and that’s how it works after.